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Diep Tang: Registering Young Vietnamese Voters in San Jose, CA

August 8, 2012 -- Working Partnerships USA

Diep Tang spent most of last spring in San Jose, California organizing events and registering young Vietnamese voters as part of Working Partnerships USA’s Lead the Vote project.

It was hard but ultimately rewarding work, with Lead the Vote – funded by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters – surpassing its registration goal of 3,500 new voters on high school and college campuses across the county. 

Bringing Diversity to the Voting Population

June 29, 2012 -- Working Partnerships USA

“Diversity” in California’s Santa Clara County – where Working Partnerships USA is located – is not a lightly used term.

For starters, the 1.8 million people who live there at the southern tip of San Francisco Bay would say the word in more than 100 languages and dialects. Almost 60 percent of the county’s children have at least one parent who is an immigrant. Less than 40 percent are non-Hispanic whites.

Yet in a county so diverse, the voting population is still relatively homogenous, with young people and immigrant communities identified by the county’s Registrar of Voters as comprising a smaller proportion of voters than are eligible to vote.

Green Jobs and Green Communities

September 30, 2009 -- Working Partnerships USA

With the immediate economic crisis exacerbating the long-term decline of the American middle class, the green economy has emerged as a potential savior. In this messianic view, a new wave of green-collar jobs is ready to sweep in to replace the millions of vanished manufacturing jobs, restore the shrinking middle class, and lift up the foundering boats of millions more working poor trying desperately to keep afloat.

Working Partnerships USA Scored Big Wins in 2008

December 20, 2008 -- Working Partnerships USA

By Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Executive Director

Working Partnerships USA is a public policy institute that builds partnerships with community, labor and faith organizations to improve the lives of families in Silicon Valley.  In 2008, WPUSA scored a series of big victories that will benefit thousands of working families in our community.

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WPUSA: Collaborating to Build Good Green Jobs

March 21, 2008 -- Working Partnerships USA

Over the past year, the enormous challenge posed by climate change has been catapulted into the limelight.  Prominent leaders in all sectors are now calling for serious and immediate efforts to fight global warming.  As mainstream interest in the "green economy" explodes, so too has the concept of green jobs: the alluring idea that efforts to defend the environment can also create new j

Working Partnerships USA: Bringing Prosperity to Working Families of the South Bay

December 20, 2007 -- Working Partnerships USA

Working Partnerships USA is a public policy institute that builds partnerships with community, labor, and faith organizations to improve the lives of working families in Silicon Valley. A founding member of the Partnership for Working Families, Working Partnerships USA’s work is concentrated in four focus areas: Economic Research and Analysis, Government Accountability and Reform, Expanding Health Care Access, and Organizing and Leadership Development.

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